Good morning my friends! Sorry for the late post, I actually that this ENTIRE post ready, almost in it's entirety, and then it crashed and I lost *everything*. *Insert sobbing here* lol!!
So... I consoled myself with a cookie and a BIG mug of coffee, and here I am again! Let's get this post up 'cause I'm really excited to share today! These 3 small businesses are amazing! Ashley, Sarah & Joan simply incredible, and I know you're going to love them as much as I do! So without further ado here go!!
Tell me something about yourself & your business:
My name is Ashley Burt and you could say I'm a bit addicted to creative trades. In the past I've had a jewelry business, a baking business, an adult coloring group, and run a series of pop up shops. I currently co run the Merry Makes Fair, a series of local, 100% handmade events here in London. My main passion is my business Wooly Maple, a line of handmade accessories and screen printed apparel including crocheted hats, scarves, headbands, T shirts, Tank Tops and Hoodies.
You can find my work in person at For You Clothing and also at Love Leigh Boutique.
What sets your business apart from others:
My individuality. The fiber arts field is a heavily saturated one, and I make no claim to be the first business to make or sell crochet hats and scarves. As an artist I am constantly inspired by the work of my peers, but what's important is that I take that inspiration and turn it into something my own. Put my own spin on it. I ensure all of my creations are uniquely mine and one of a kind. This ensures that my work stands out from the rest and makes a lasting impression on my customers.
What is your best tip for new work at home women who are starting to get their business off the group?
Surround yourself with like minded individuals. This is key! Small business owners know the struggles of starting up, and in most cases are eager to pass on what they've learned. Join online forums or Facebook groups created for small businesses. Comment and post often, both offering and seeking advice. Make contacts. Align yourself with makers you admire, as these are your peers and will become your support system. Never underestimate the power of an online friendship with a fellow maker!
What is the favorite item you make/sell:
My Chunky Pom Pom Hats are my favorite! When I first started making them they took me a long time, and I hated making them. They were a fan favorite though, so I was forced to get really good at making them, really fast. Now I am quite efficient at them, and every time I make one it's a nice reminder of how far my skills have developed. Plus, they're SO pretty!
What is the best lesson you've learned from a mistake you've made?
I've learned to be honest with not only my customers, but with myself about how much I can take on. I am a people pleaser and my instinct is to say 'Yes!" to every request that comes through my inbox. The first winter Wooly Maple was in business I said yes to every single custom order request that came through, and as a result I was crocheting 16 hours a day for weeks, and running myself into the ground. As a result of that, I've had to become comfortable saying "No".
Little Mouse Creations
Tell us a little about you & your business!
My Name is Sarah and I am the owner and maker of Little Mouse Creations. I have a love of fabric (lets be real, it is closer to an addiction) and a passion for design and creativity. I am a single mama to the amazing Miss P and that sweet little has been my inspiration from day one. I wanted to make stylish and functional clothing for her that didn’t scream BABY. That’s when Little Mouse was born. I turned her nickname into my business name and there is no stopipng us now :)
You can find my work at my shop link above and also on Instagram & Facebook!
What sets Little Mouse apart from the rest?
Wow. There are a lot of makers and companies out there and only so many fabrics and patterns to go around. Little Mouse is my PASSION. I love this company I love each and every one of my customer. Customer service is my top priority. I am always on the search for new and unique prints and my SS17 line features some pretty great new designs.
My best advice for trying to get off the ground…
Time management is key. I squeeze business into every nook and cranny. Nap times, Bed times, play dates, etc... Im not going to lie, it’s not easy. I lack sleep and a social life most days but I have insane drive for building this company. You have to LOVE what you do to get it off the ground. Also, YOU are your best advertisement. My daughter is a walking billboard for Little Mouse. I never miss a chance to promote my company or tell people about what I do (without being too annoying ;) ) I have found some great women who also make that have been great at helping out with some money saving tips too. Ask around and find some great people to help build your tribe!
What is the favourite item to make?
Just 1? oooh if I told you that I would be giving away a sneak peak of my new summer line… Lets just say the Rompers may be one of my favourites and summer is going to be a whole new level!
What is one less that you've learned through trial & tribulation?
So many lessons. Fabrics. Finding good suppliers of fabric that I trust and are of good quality was the hardest for me starting out. So samples… Take the time to order the samples and make sure you are getting the quality you need. Regardless of what you are making it is good to know before you bulk order items. And you always save money buying bulk ;)
Last but certainly least, is my long time friend, Joan!
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your business!
Hi, my name is Joan and I live in my small hometown, Cochrane, Ontario, Canada. I am happily married (40+ years – lucky guy!!) and we are proud parents to 2 grown children, married to great gals, and I’m Nana to 2 awesome grandkids who are my everythings – and also my favourite photography subjects!
Loving life, I retired from f/t work in May 2016 after a 31 stint as a Legal Assistant, and now work p/t from home. Being a Paper Engineer is my passion, and I love to escape to my scrapbook room and create. I’ve been scrapbooking and card making for years and I like to think of my cards as little pieces of art. I haven’t kept up my Blog for years (no time!!) and instead focus on sharing my work on my Facebook page, Joan's Kard Designs.
What sets your business apart from others?
This is more of a hobby for me, while making a few bucks to replenish my supplies – I certainly don’t make a living selling my cards! However, I try and make unique one-of-a-kind cards and rarely duplicate them. Adding humour and special quotes in my cards is something I love to do!
What is your best tip for new work at home women/moms who are trying to get their business off the ground?
I have no idea - My friend Carla would be the expert! But I can say – have confidence, love what you do and have FUN!
What is the favourite item you create?
My cards of course! *wink*
Thank you so much for choosing to profile me Carla, and for showcasing all the wonderful *work-from-home-women* on your Blog. You are an amazing person and your talent is inspiring!
And this concludes "Small Business Saturday" for today! Please be sure to visit these lovely women and share the love by saying hello and browsing their pages & beautiful work! Enjoy your weekend!!!